Friday, 21 December 2012

Get some winter sun with direct BA flights to Ibiza

British Airways - bless them - is flying direct all winter to Ibiza every Thursday, returning Sundays.

This is perfect for a short break. Ibiza is wonderful in winter. The weather is generally mild with plenty of sunshine and infrequent rain.

Best of all, the countryside blossoms with flowers and greenery. We're going over at the end of January to see the Ibiza almond blossoms which coat the trees with what looks like snow.

In winter 2011 we were forced to travel via connecting airports in mainland Spain or Majorca which was a pain and very costly!

Testimonial from last summer

Michelle Hartley from Lancashire stayed at our Ibiza apartment in summer 2012. She recently got it touch again and sent the following thoughts on her stay:


"This apartment is in a great location, in the centre of Ibiza town.  It has a very authentic atmosphere, & sitting on the balcony in the evenings with a glass of rioja was just perfect.  It was very clean and had all the essentials required for any holiday.  All the rooms were spacious and the bathroom was delightful with the lovely tiles.

Although in the centre of town, there wasn't any distracting street noise, and there were a couple of shops close by to buy supplies.  Bars and restaurants were obviously on the doorstep and we took a few recommendations from the visitor book left by previous guests.  We love Ibiza and would definately go back to this apartment"

Will, the problem is, we don't want to tell the world how good your apartment is, cos we want to go back & don't want it booked up!

Thanks again, hoping to be back soon :)"




Friday, 31 August 2012

Another satisfied customer plus restaurants to visit

Penny Killick from Brighton stayed in our Ibiza Town apartment this summer and had the following to say:

My husband and I spent four nights in this amazing apartment as a start to our Ibiza holiday in June 2012.  We were blown away by the the atmosphere of the place.  I

t is beautifully decorated and furnished in keeping with the age of the building but with all mod cons.  The bed was incredibly comfy and was so nice to have a double instead of the usual twin beds.  The bathroom is spectacular, the original tiles are beautiful and the size of the shower head gives it a real luxury feel. 

The apartment is perfectly situated, with many fantastic restaurants and bars literally on the doorstep. There are two great local restaurants, in particular - Comidas San Juan and Bon Profit, both offer exceptional food for incredibly low prices.  Don't tell everyone though, otherwise you'll never get a table!  

Even though the apartment is right in the middle of town, our sleep was never disturbed because the bedroom is on the back of the apartment.  A short walk to the end of the street, literally less that two minutes away, is the port where you can get a boat to some fabulous beaches, notably Talamanca and also to the neighbouring island of Formentera.  We would definitely recommend the apartment and can't wait until we can visit it again.

Monday, 18 June 2012

First testimonial for our Ibiza apartment


Nici Virley from London stayed in our apartment from 3-7 June. She made the following comments which make all our hard work in getting the apartment up together seem worth while.

"The apartment has a lovely, central old town location with a great balcony overlooking bustling pedestrianised streets. Very clean and well maintained with bright, Mediterranean style decor. 

The bathroom has the most impressive impact with gorgeous Ibizan blue and yellow tiling and a huge open shower space. The vintage mirror also added a lot of charm to this room. The bedroom was compact but not cramped with an in-built cupboard space and shelving and a large window giving lots of light.

The kitchen area (open plan kitchen/living room space) had modern appliances with easy to use gas hob and washing machine. The living room boasts a large comfortable sofa bed (comfy for sleeping and sitting!) and a large built in wardrobe. The large windows lead out to a delightful balcony that catches the sun all day and fits two chairs for relaxing and watching the world go by beneath you.

The location is perfect for wandering around the historical old town with it's ample choice of restaurants, shops, supermarkets and bars. You're right in the thick of it all but the apartment is surprisingly quiet once you shut the balcony doors. Taxi ranks and the port (for ferries to beaches and Formentara) are no more than 4 minutes walk away.

I would you stay in it again and recommend it to other people. It's perfect for a couple or even 2 couples who want somewhere central with easy access to the rest of the island. Buses and taxis are easy to find. 

Friday, 11 May 2012

After DIY we discover another amazing Ibiza beach

We've just returned from the White Isle where we have been putting the finishing touches to our Ibiza Town apartment before the summer renting season begins.

In between painting, battling through Spanish DIY shops and putting up a ceiling fan we did find time to explore more of the island.

Cala XarracaEven though I've been visiting Ibiza regularly since the explosive summer of 1997 there are still surprises to be uncovered.

This time we found a lovely little beach right up in the north of the island called Cala Xarraca. The sandy car park is down a little track on the Portinatx road.

The best thing about this beach is its translucent blue water, though its temperature was rather "refreshing" in early May. After plunging in you soon warm up and several brave souls did so that day. I swam out to the rock visible in the picture below.

This beach has a backdrop of unspoilt cliffs and trees on one side and an amazing luxury villa on the other. There is a small beach restaurant which we didn't try out.
CALA XARRACA
Cala Xarraca beach

The Ibiza Spotlight guide says there is a mud bath with healing properties around to the left of Xarraca beach, so don't be afraid to get yourself dirty and rejuvenate your skin. It is also a favourite location for diving.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Photos of spring time almond flowers in Ibiza

Ibiza: Almond trees in bloom
Ibizan almond blossoms in spring
Ibiza is very beautiful in spring time. In January or February a sea of white almond tree blossoms burst into life across the island as the sun starts to increase in strength.

The island normally gets plenty of rain in winter and the countryside remains a verdant green right up until the heat of summer fades it slightly.

The sight of so many wild flowers throughout the spring and early summer is wonderful, as is the bird life in Ibiza.

Whichever month in spring you choose to come, there will always be a new display of trees and flowers in blossom.

Ibiza: Almond trees blooming on red soil.
The red Ibizan soil is very fertile
Ibiza is lucky not be plagued by the flocks of goats and sheep which can damage the vegetation so much elsewhere in the Mediterranean.

The island was, however, damaged in the north by several wild fires in 2011 and 2010. The charred landscape is only now beginning to regrow in some large tracts of the north and west.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Ibiza apartment goes live on ownersdirect.co.uk

Our apartment to rent in Ibiza town has now gone live on owndersdirect.co.uk. You'll find lots more detailed descriptions about the rooms, things to do locally, plus a bookings calendar to show availability. With the weather starting to warm up now is the time to book your Ibiza holiday.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

New photos of our Ibiza town apartment to rent

We've just returned from Ibiza and have taken more photos of our cute apartment to rent in Ibiza town. Search the blog for earlier images including the living room, kitchen and balcony. Look out for more, including video, over the next few days.

Apartment from the outside - second floor up
The bedroom 
Bathroom with authentic Spanish tiles



The bedroom with its wooden ceiling beams


At the end of our street - the fountain and Dalt Vila walls
At the end of our street, again


At the other end of our street - the church

Monday, 13 February 2012

Ryanair tops list for rip off airline bicycle charges

Ibiza AirportIt's been five years since I last transported a bicycle by plane and the escalation in charges is pretty horrific. Our friends Ryanair top the list for rip off charges with a heft £50 fee for each leg of the journey. That will add £100 to a return journey; you could buy a cheap bike abroad for that kind of money.
Easyjet is a little better with a £25 each way fee whilst British Airways gets my vote for its free of charge carriage of bicycles.
Taking a bike with you can make life a lot easier. You can reassemble it at the airport and start your journey straight away. This is great at Ibiza airport where you can ride into unspoilt countryside within a few minutes of departing the airport.
It is also great to have your own bicycle with you rather than a hire bike. My beloved Thorn tourer is very well travelled.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Best low cost flight search engine for Ibiza

I've just discovered flightchecker, a superb site which lets you search all the main low cost airlines for the entire year, highlighting all the cheap flight options for Ibiza and elsewhere. Go to http://flightchecker.moneysavingexpert.com/ It works like this: put in the maximum price you're willing to pay and the time period you want to search. I found some bargain Ibiza flights in the £30-£50 bracket throughout the spring, summer and autumn.
Plane on runway of Ibiza airport
Plane ready to board at Ibiza airport
The site is run by moneysavingexpert.com which does a brilliant weekly e-mail of tips for saving money. The site even gives advice about ways to avoid paying many of the extra charges levied by the cheap airlines.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Best Ibiza beaches part two

If you're coming to Ibiza, you must explore the island's beaches. There are 50 plus to choose from so here are some more of our personal favourites to help you choose. Visit my previous post to see our top three beaches.

Sa Caleta, Ibiza
Sa Caleta beach, Ibiza
A few kilometres west of Ibiza Town, Sa Caleta is just off the back road to Sant Josep. It feels wild despite its proximity to the airport and town. The narrow beach is in a lovely wide cove with wonderful walks along the clifftops through pine scrub towards a lookout with amazing views along the coast. This is a great place to catch the sunset on this side of the island which is mostly in shade in the evening.
Another major attraction of this beach is the wonderful Sa Caleta fish restaurant which is at the top of the beach. Open summer and winter for drinks and food.

Cala Salada
Cala Salada beach, Ibiza
Just north of San Antonio, Cala Salada is a secluded beach surrounded by pine forest. It is on the edge of the most wild part of the island, where vertiginous cliffs rise above the ocean and pine forests cover the hilly interior. This area is great for walking and cycling and you can stop off at Cala Salada for a dip on the way home.
It is said to be a great place to watch the sun set. We met a friendly dog there many years ago.







Saturday, 28 January 2012

My favourite Ibiza beaches part 1

Ibiza and Formentera August and September 2011
Ibiza Spotlight - a great source of news and information on Ibiza - has published a fantastic interactive map of Ibiza's beaches.

Hover over each beach and an image of the beach appears. Then click through to another page giving lots of useful information such as location, facilities and accommodation.

Some favourite beaches in Ibiza:

Calla Bassa beach, Ibiza - There beach and the nearby Camping Calla Bassa are very dear to me. This was one of the first beaches I discovered in Ibiza way back in the mid 1990s and we have returned there year after year. Before buying our apartment we camped at Calla Bassa and have enjoyed many happy moments both there and at the nearby beach.
Calla Bassa beach, Ibiza
The beach has a backdrop of wild pine trees which afford shade in the heat of the day. The water is crystal clear blue with a wide, gently sloping beach and good snorkeling. Thanks to the hoards of British tourists arriving by ferry from San Antonio, plus the Spanish holidaymakers, there is never a dull moment at Calla Bassa.
In 2011 the authorities attempted to take Calla Bassa upmarket, selling the beach cafe leases to people who have constructed a place more aimed at the "white linen brigade" than normal people. It remains to be seen how successful this is. It was nice to hear a DJ playing there late last summer in the new cafe.

Benirrás, Ibiza
People having fun at the evening drumming 
Benirras, Ibiza - way up in the north, this beach is beloved of the hippy community who come here at sunset to drum. It has an excellent fish restaurant on the beach. It is also possible to rough camp on the hillside behind the campsite if you want to stay in the area for a few days on the cheap.
There are lots of walks around the coast and headland. This place does get crowded in the summer but it always has a lovely, alternative feel to it. The area suffered badly from the forest fire of 2011 so there are some scorched hillsides still visible.

Edén (HDR)
Salines beach from its quiet end
Ses Salines (Las Salines), Ibiza - In complete contrast to Benirras, Ses Salines (pronounced sa-lin-es) is one of the places to be seen and pose in Ibiza. The long strip of sand has a backdrop of sand dunes with trendy lounge beach bars strung along its length. It is easily accessible from Ibiza Town by bus (twice an hour, E1.80 each way; once an hour in winter). The thirty minute journey there takes you through the middle of the majestic salt pans of Ibiza, home to flamingoes at certain times of year.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Ibiza opening parties 2012

The famous Pacha cherries
The Ibiza clubbing season is kicking off in May 2012 to coincide with the International Music Summit in Ibiza Town. Opening dates are as follows:

Thursday 24 May 2012 F*** ME I’M FAMOUS at Pacha, Eivissa featuring David Guetta

Pacha is a beautiful club and is the only one to stay open all winter

Friday 25 May 2012 FIESTA DEL AGUA at Es Paradis San Antonio Line-up: DJ Stevee Valverde
Memorable night as Es Paradis
Anyone who has experienced the swirling mess of foam and muddy water at an Es Paradis foam party will understand that it is a curious mixture of pleasure and pain. Pleasure because it is quite fun and a glamorous club; pain because it ruins your clothes and you have to walk home wet. In May? No thank you!


Saturday 26 May DEFECTED at Pacha, Eivissa Line-up: T B A


Sunday 27 May SPACE opening party 2012 Line up: T B A
Space is undoubtedly a top global club. My fondest memories of the place are in the aftermath of Manumission. It was THE place to go for the afterparty for those still standing.


Monday 28 May CIRCO LOCO opening party 2012 at DC10
Located at the end of the airport runway, this rough and ready club is a real favourite of mine. It gets closed down regularly by the police and authorities who are rumoured to be in the pay of the owners of the mainstream Ibiza clubs, the Ibiza club mafia.




Monday, 23 January 2012

Cycling in Ibiza - tips and maps to download


Ibiza is a fantastic place to ride a bicycle. The island has many miles of quiet roads, especially in the north and west. We have spent many happy days over the years exploring Ibiza by bicycle, both on and off-road.
It is possible to get to the far north and back in a day but a better idea is to take a tent and rough camp for a night or two. We can give visitors plenty of advice on great routes and places to camp.

Tips for cycling in Ibiza:

- Taking bikes by plane to Ibiza is relatively easy though the airline rules are always changing. Most of the carriers charge £20-£30 per journey. If they ask for the bike to be inserted in a bike bag we have tried wrapping them in clingfilm or some old cardboard and clingfilm instead at the airport. That way you avoid carrying the bulky bag around with you everywhere. The bikes are normally wheeled into the baggage reclaim at Ibiza airport though I have had them falling off the carousel.

- A sturdy road bike or mountain bike is best as you will want to get off the beaten track to explore the parts of the island which are accessible only off-road.

- Take plenty of food and water as shops are few and far between in the north and opening hours are erratic. This can be very frustrating!

- The Ibiza Tourist Board publishes useful maps of cycle routes around Ibiza which you can download or collect in printed format in English from tourist information centres on the island in Eivissa and San Antonio.

- Here is an interactive map of Ibiza cycling routes linking to GPS coordinates or downloadable PDFs





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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Ibiza International Music Summit (IMS) 2012 dates

Proposed dates for the 2012 Ibiza International Music Summit are 23-25 May 2012 according to a post on the Ibiza Spotlight Forum. And we've just found independent verification of the date, from the IMS official website. This looked like an amazing event in 2011 even if "SamCam" was spotted there! Seems to be too early to buy tickets yet for this year's IMS though you can register.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

We need winter flights from the UK to Ibiza!

Ibiza is a wonderful place to go off-season and the Germans know it - they enjoy year-round direct flights. So it is galling that Ryanair withdrew its direct UK flights to Ibiza in winter 2011 after the Ibiza government withdrew its subsidy.
However all is not lost. It is possible to fly there on a variety of routes including London to Madrid to Ibiza; London to Majorca to Ibiza; and London to Barcelona to Ibiza plus routes via Germany.
Be prepared to spend most of a day flying. However we've discovered some good routes with quite civilized flying times and at reasonable cost. Easyjet, Ryanair and Spanair are all worth checking. The site edreams is good for internal Spanish connecting flights. Watch out though as it charges a £20 administration fee unless you use a prepaid Mastercard credit card.
As a rental property owner in Ibiza we would love to go more often to stay in winter but the lack of direct flights has been a hindrance.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Photos of Ibiza town apartment to rent

Ibiza town apartment photo kitchen area

Ibiza town apartment photo part of lounge

Ibiza town apartment image part of main lounge room 

Ibiza Town photo of view from the apartment showing walls of Dalt Villa

Ibiza town apartment views towards the harbour with boats visible
Ibiza Town apartment to rent - photos

Lovely apartment to rent in Ibiza town, La Marina

Located in Ibiza town's La Marina area, this charming apartment is available for holiday rentals throughout the year. It has a double bedroom plus a huge living room/kitchen with a sofa bed so can easily sleep four people. It is located on Calle de Mar, a quiet street in the heart of the La Marina district. Just five minutes walk to the harbour and historic Dalt Villa.
This beautiful apartment has a balcony which catches the sun all day and enjoys views of the Dalt Villa.
About the owners: we are a UK-based couple who bought the place in summer 2010 and totally renovated it to make it perfect as a holiday home.
Please contact willbeacham@gmail.com or call me on 0044 7930 196046.